Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Ha Ha, They're Bad At Sports

Hey, isn't it funny when kids play sports poorly? Glad you agree. 1976's The Bad News Bears wasn't too terribly old when I was young, and I used to enjoy it when it, or its indistinguishable sequel (not the one in Japan), came on TV. We've now reached that frightening point where the movies and TV shows of the late '70s/early '80s are ripe for the remaking (see the upcoming Dukes of Hazzard movie), but it's still a little jarring to see a remake of something that even I remember the first time around.

Witness the underwhelming trailer for Billy Bob Thornton in The Bad News Bears. It seems promising that it's directed by Richard Linklater, who apparently enjoyed working with kids in School of Rock, but the jokes here are so dry they've evaporated.

Sure, kids getting hit with baseballs is funny, you say, but it's old hat by now? Well, what about kids who are bad at soccer?

Fear not, Will Ferrell and American Wedding's Jesse Dylan have got you covered with Kicking and Screaming, which only sounds like a remake since it's a title that's been used not too long ago.

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